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PIB Report: Niger Delta Lawmakers Revolt

Niger Delta lawmakers in the House of Representatives at the plenary on Thursday, bemoaned the percentage given to the host communities as operating expenditure in the report of the conference committee on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

The lawmakers who sequel to the discovery that 3 percent initially granted by the Senate was eventually approved by the harmonizing committee, had engaged in a shouting match in the chambers as they repeatedly screamed ‘why won’t they give us 5 percent. Give us 5 percent or nothing.

All effort by the Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, to calm them down was futile. He therefore asked journalists to leave the chambers as they went into executive session.

Resuming about an hour later, Gbajabiamila called on the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno to step down the report.

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